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Can netTALK DUO and magicJack Run Off Of 240V AC?

March 22, 2016 at 4:49 AM
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Can netTALK DUO and magicJack Run Off Of 240V AC?

Can you run netTALK DUO, or magicJack for that matter, off of a 240V AC outlet? A crystal clear question, which calls for a clear cut binary yes-or-no answer. Right? Wrong. Since it is a political season, we would be remiss if we were not to take advantage of that opportunity to insult your intelligence by giving you an ambiguous yes-and-no answer, followed by qualifiers such as but, however, etc.

Seriously, Telefonez.com is not in the business of misleading its readers/viewers; for that reason – and that reason alone – we’ll give an unequivocal answer: yes, you can run the netTALK DUO, or the magicJack, off of a 240V AC power source.

How to determine if netTALK DUO/magicJack, can run off of 240V AC

Before you plug either telephonic dongle’s AC/DC adapter, or any AC/DC adapter for that matter, into a 240V AC outlet, read the adapter’s specifications. For instance, the netTALK DUO adapter’s specifications are:

  • Model #: APS-A00505010W-G
  • Input: 100-240V~ 60/50Hz 0.3Amax (suitable for either 110 or 240V)
  • Output: 5V=1A (see picture)

The magicJack Go adapter’s are:

  • Model#: K1103
  • Input: 100-240VAC ~ 50/60Hz 0.2A (suitable for either 110 or 240V)
  • Output: 5V=1A

Whereas, the modem’s are:

  • Model #: MT12-Y120100-A1
  • Input: 100-120V~ 60Hz 0.3A (suitable for 110V only)
  • Output: 12V=1A (see the comparative pictures and table)

The key information to make the determination as to whether netTALK DUO, or magicJack, can run off of 240V AC lies in the Input specifications: 100-240V. Based on what is depicted in the pictures, the respective adapters can be plugged into any AC outlets whose voltage falls within the specified range.

netTALK DUO, or magicJack, does not work without internet access through a modem’s Ethernet port or a computer’s USB port (except for netTALK DUO Wi-Fi, for which tethering to modem or computer is optional). To illustrate the point about which adapter to plug into a 110 or 240V AC outlet, let us compare the modem adapter’s specifications to the netTALK DUO’s and the magicJack Go’s (see table)

Specs

Modem Adapter'sSpecifications

netTALK DUO Adapter's Specifications

magicJack Go Adapter's Specifications

Model #:

MT12-Y120100-A1

APS-A00505010W-G

K1103

Input:

100-120V~ 60Hz 0.3A

100-240V~ 60/50Hz 0.3Amax

100-240V~ 50/60Hz 0.2A

Output:

12V=1A

5V=1A

5V=1A

Based on the outcome of the comparison, the netTALK DUO’s adapter (100-240V~ 60/50Hz 0.3Amax) and the magicJack Go’s (100-240VAC ~ 50/60Hz 0.2A) can be plugged into either a 110 or a 240V AC outlet, but the modem’s (100-120V~ 60Hz 0.3A) only into a 110V AC outlet.

How about the unit of frequency, or cycle per second (Hertz or Hz)? It indicates which frequency is associated with which voltage. For instance, netTALK’s adapter has dual frequency: 50Hz for 100-120V, and 60Hz for 220-240V; so does magicJack Go’s; but the modem’s only a single frequency: 60Hz for 100-120V.

If you travel aboard and are unsure as to which outlet (110 vs. 240V) to plug the modem and netTALK DUO/magicJack’s adapters into, before you depart we suggest that you get a:

  • List of Worldwide AC Voltages and Frequencies and buy a
  • Universal 110v/220v 220v/110v Step Up/Down Automatic Transformer Adapter

In so doing, irrespective of the country’s Voltage and Frequency, your adapters’ voltage and frequency needs will be met.

You can run netTALK DUO/magicJack off of 12V DC as well

To run netTALK DUO, or magicJack, off of 12V DC, in the event of a power outage, you need (see illustrative pictures):

  • Solar Panel
  • Solar Charge Controller
  • Battery Post Terminal Cleaner
  • 12V Battery, preferably maintenance-free deep cycle
  • 12V Battery Clamps with Female DC Socket
  • Dual USB 3 Socket 12-24V DC Power
  • Universal DC/DC Converter
  • Modem and DSL line for Internet Access
  • netTALK DUO or magicJack telephonic dongle, and their peripheral accessories (Ethernet cable, micro/mini USB cable), and
  • Mini Hands-free Corded Telephone, phone line cord, and headset

We will expand on how to run these telephonic dongles off of 12V DC power on our upcoming article:

Run netTALK DUO & magicJack Off Of 12V DC Car Battery & Jump Starter

In the meantime, read this article: How to Have Electricity for Your VOIP Phone | Power Outage or not, and watch this video : How to Have Electricity for Your VOIP Phone | Power Outage or not.

Finally, you can run netTALK DUO/magicJack off of a Jump Starter

Depending on the type of Jump Starter, you can run netTALK DUO/magicJack off of either the DC side or the AC side.

To run netTALK DUO/magicJack off of a Basic Jump Stater, DC side only (without inverter), you need (see illustrative pictures):

  • Solar Panel
  • Solar Charge Controller
  • Jump Starter
  • Dual USB 3 Socket 12-24V Power
  • Universal DC/DC Converter
  • Modem and DSL line for internet access
  • netTALK DUO or magicJack telephonic dongle, Ethernet cable, micro/mini USB cable, and
  • Mini Hands-free Corded Telephone, phone line cord, and headset

A Basic Jump Starter can be converted, to a certain extent, into an Advanced Jump Starter. To do so, please read:

How To Convert A 12V DC Jump Starter Into A 120V AC Power Source

To run netTALK DUO/magicJack off of an Advanced Jump Stater, AC side (with inverter), you need (see illustrative pictures):

  • Solar Panel
  • Solar Charge Controller
  • Jump Starter
  • Multi-Outlet Surge Protector
  • Modem and DSL line for internet access, and AC/DC adapter
  • netTALK DUO or magicJack telephonic dongle, Ethernet cable, micro/mini USB cable, and AC/DC adapter, and
  • Mini Hands-free Corded Telephone, phone line cord, and headset

To view first hand how to run netTALK DUO off of an Advanced Jump Stater, AC side (with inverter), read How to Power Your VOIP and Cell Phones | Blackout or not, and watch the video : How to Power Your VOIP and Cell Phones | Blackout or not.

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The technique of running telephonic dongles off of 12V DC and Jump Starter applies to netTALK DUO and Wi-Fi, magicJack Plus and Express, or to any VOIP phone gadget with a similar configuration, as well.

Suggested Jump Starters

Why do we suggest the following Jump Starters (Power Dome EX 2454, Power Dome NX 2485, Power Dome NX2 2485-9, and Power Dome 400 2354)? Simple: they have everything (minus solar panel and charge controller) you need to run netTALK DUO and magicJack off of 12V DC or 110V AC.

If you implement the suggestions made herein, come hell or high water, you should be able to use your netTALK/magicJack phone to call worldwide.

One more thing: before you use any of the products mentioned in the article, please read and understand their respective instruction manuals first, if any; then follow their manufacturers’ advices and recommendations.

As hinted at earlier, in our next article, Run netTALK DUO & magicJack Off Of 12V DC Car Battery & Jump Starter, we’ll explore in-depth which battery jumper (Jump Starter, Battery Pack) to buy if you travel light or heavy. 

Summary

This article is in response to an inquiry made by a reader as to whether netTALK DUO can run off of 240V AC. The answer is yes. Not only can it run off of 240V AC, but also off of 110V AC; and, with ingenuity, off of 12V DC car batteries and/or Jump Starters, provided you have on hand a few indispensable accessories.

If you travel aboard and contemplate using the netTALK DUO/magicJack to make calls back home, we suggest that you buy before your departure:

Thank you reader for asking the question. If, after reading the article, you (or anyone) have learned a thing or two about multiple ways to run netTALK DUO/magicJack off of different power sources, why not leave a comment, share the article on social media, sign up for our newsletter to receive a free gift and to be kept in the loop about our latest articles and videos?

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